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The Research Her

The Research Her is a weekly science communication podcast for us that provides reliable and relatable topics from how hair products affect health to the effects of Instagram on mental health. It encourages improvement of the disproportionate amount of research focused on minorities. Host Elissia Franklin is a black woman in chemistry who shares the woes and rewards in her field while learning of research in many areas.

Nov 30, 2020

No, I do not want you out here musty. There is some knowledge that everyone should know about so that they can make their own informed choices about their use of a product. Antiperspirant is one of those products. There is an association between antiperspirant usage and breast cancer, but not in the way that you may...

Nov 23, 2020

This episode was inspired by Side Hustle Pro Episode 144 where Katonya Breaux, the founder of Unsun Cosmetics, discusses how she started making mineral sunscreen out of having adverse effects to chemical containing sunscreen.


I discuss why sunscreen is necessary for everyone regardless of skin complexion and talk...

Nov 20, 2020

In this episode, I break down endocrine disruptors and why we should avoid them for optimal health. I talk about the best practices for avoiding harmful chemicals in hair products.


Here is a list of chemicals to avoid although they may not actually be listed on the product ingredients list.


A trusted hair care...

Nov 17, 2020

Here is a REVIEW of Episode 5. It was originally published in the Spring but the same applies beyond. It is important that we begin to understand how our cleaning habits affect our health. It is a great time to discuss how we can improve our cleaning routine such that we are not causing adverse issues with our health....

Nov 2, 2020

Dr. Arianna C. Stokes graduated from Jackson State University with her B.S. in History Education. While at Jackson State University, she was active in several organizations. Throughout her undergraduate career, both through organizations and independently, she gave service to children and those in need. 


In May of...